Two of the most charismatic footballers in the Athletic dressing room end their contract on June 30 and their future is up in the air
At this point, it is logical that a fan of Athletic wonder what’s up with Oscar de Marcos or Raúl García, important players in the locker room who have not yet extended their contract. Both end their relationship on June 30, so since January 1 they have been free to negotiate with other clubs.
Although both cases are surprising, perhaps that of Oscar de Marcos is the most urgent. Because he is from the house, but above all because he is the undisputed starter in Ernesto Valverde’s schemes. The man from Laguardia plays whenever injuries allow him. He has started 15 of the 16 games played to date in the Santander League.
Óscar de Marcos and Raúl García continue without renewing
The case of Raúl García may be less surprising, since he is not a starter, but even with everything he is a strong player in the locker room and has been used by Valverde in 15 of the 16 league games. In the end we talked about two heavyweights that Athletic theoretically has for next year.
But then, what happens that the renovations are taking so long? Well, the president of Athletic, Jon Uriarte, wants to have the accounts under control. If European competition is not played next season, they will have to take drastic measures in renewals, signings and salary reconditioning.
Athletic postpones it to March
Surely they will end up renewing both Óscar de Marcos and Raúl García, but at Athletic he wants to wait until March. They want to have a clear idea of whether Europe will be played or not. To face renewals in terms of salary reduction or not.
Ernesto Valverde has already communicated to Athletic that it has both players, so the renewals will take place. At the moment, in this January market, Iñigo Martínez is pending, in case he could leave for FC Barcelona via transfer. When the market ends, the issue of renewals will be looked at.